We drove thru the Playa Dorada twice this week to pickup people from the Gran Ventana. What once was a beautiful complex is now looking very tired & run-down. And IMHO, it has to do with the closing of so many of the resorts within those walls.
On all the closed resorts the roofs need repairing, the weeds are growing up between the cobblestone walkways, the paint is peeling from off the wood work & there are some broken windows. Sure, the grass is kept trimmed, but with no other care the buildings are yuck !
I noticed that a few of the resorts are being turned into Condominiums, but I must say that an awful lot of work needs to go into the properties before anyone will pay out the kind of money that is wanted for a Condo.
Even "the Mall" needs to be spruced up, as the building's colours are looking pretty shoddy. The shopping area wasn't bustling with tourists either, so I know that the shop keepers are really hurting for business.
The only glimmer of colour that we saw was at the Gran Ventena & even some of that resort needs a "shot in the arm" too.
Please...don't shoot the messanger...it's just my humble opinion of what I saw !